David Bowie, Lou Reed And Iggy Pop Keep The Ice Unbroken

Monday, 2 December 2019

The first time I met Lou was probably 1973 when I met for the first time both Lou Reed and Iggy Pop at Max's, Kansas City. It was my second or third...

David Bowie Discovers The Irrelevance Of Identity

Thursday, 28 November 2019

I went to see the Velvet Underground when I first got to the States back in '70. At the end of the show I went back, we sat down and we talked for about...

Schopenhauer On Boredom's Harsh Message

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Boredom is nothing other than the sensation of the emptiness of existence. For if life, in the desire for which our essence and existence consists, possessed...

James Kelman On The Philosophical Naivety Of The Present Tense

Monday, 25 November 2019

I wanted the central character active in a present adventure, not recounting the one about a mysterious stranger he once chanced to meet aboard a cargo...

Decca Aitkenhead Encounters Amy Winehouse In A State Of Extreme Fame

Friday, 15 November 2019

'Leave her alone, you dirty scum! Why don't you just leave her alone?' As two paparazzi scramble on to the pavement to catch Amy Winehouse emerging from...

From: Elizabeth Hardwick, Sleepless Nights (4)

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Alex’s vanity was, like that of the dubious Casanova at the falsifying moment of composition, trapped in the belief that he had a special power, or perhaps...

From: Elizabeth Hardwick, Sleepless Nights (3)

Monday, 11 November 2019

With the hesitant intellectual years fly by like a day; life is shortened by the yellowing incompletes. The ‘book' - a plaguing growth that does not...

From Elizabeth Hardwick, Sleepless Nights (2)

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

All the retired people labored and labored for perfection. Additions, new wings, roofs sliced off, stairways turned around, bedrooms on the first floor,...

From: Elizabeth Hardwick, Sleepless Nights

Monday, 4 November 2019

I often think about bachelors. A life of pure decision, of thoughtful calculations, every inclination honoured. They go about on their own, nicely accompanied...

From: V. S. Naipaul, The Mimic Men

Monday, 4 November 2019

They talk of the light of the tropics and southern Spain. But there is no light like that of the temperate zone. It was a light which gave solidity to...

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